Workplace Safety

Computer Eye Strain

Computer eye strain is a growing problem in the workplace. Spending hours in front of the computer exposed to monitor glare can accelerate eye strain, but there are a few things you can do to keep computer monitor eye strain at bay.

In this tough economy, many employees are being asked to work longer hours.

More than half of the country's workforce regularly does their work in front of a computer, and the combination of long hours and time spent in front of a computer has resulted in a growing problem.

That's right. Computer eye strain is becoming a very common office-related health problem.

In fact, according to opticians, some 30 percent of all vision problems originate with, or are complicated by, frequent computer use.

Others estimate that problems stemming from on-the-job eye injuries currently cost US. Companies over $300 million annually in medical bills, compensation and downtime. Yikes!

As a result of this growing problem, protecting the eyes at work and preventing undue eye strain has become a very important aspect of ergonomics, which is the art of creating a healthy work environment.

The good news is that many of the triggers for computer eye strain can be avoided.

Here are a few things you can do to minimize computer eye strain:

  • Keep all direct light sources away from the monitor screen.
  • Position the monitor as far away as you can while still being able to read the screen clearly.
  • Make sure the bottom of the monitor screen is just below your horizontal line of sight.
  • Install glare screens to reduce 99 percent of computer glare, as well as to improve screen visibility, reduce washout and bright spots from lighting or reflections, and enhance contrast.
  • If you must look down at the keyboard while typing, lower the monitor slightly to reduce strain on neck muscles from looking up at the monitor and then down at the keyboard.

Every small business owner should make sure that employees are not needlessly subjected to computer eye strain problems.

Remember, making a healthy workplace a priority will not only reduce injuries and illness. It will improve morale and make a positive impact on your bottom line.

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